Okay, well I'm going to try to describe this the best I can. I am not educated in the health area, and I am still learning alot about lifting weights and other matters at the gym, so any information you guys can provide me if really appreciated. Currently, I am 6'2", 280lbs. I am 18 years old, and as you can tell, I am overweight. I have always been bigger in size for my age, and have a sort of football build to myself. I don't know what my Body fat % is, but I'm sure it's probably around 25-30% :/. I haven't been eating to healthy throughout the past few years, and I'm really regretting it now. I am shifting into high gear, and I am sick of looking the way I am. I want to figure out how to trim the pounds, and look great like other people. Now, my diet and workout routine has lost me 20 pounds in about 8 weeks, but for about 3 weeks now, I've been at the same weight and can't lose more :l. I am willing to work hard to lose me extra weight, and enjoy doing summer activities like going to the beach without being self-conscious!
I am looking to lose alot of my body fat (possibly weight 220ish), and possibly get some muscle mass built up. I have been following a diet and workout routine, but it seems I've either hit a plateau or I am doing something wrong, whether it is how I am working out, or my diet in general.
My Diet is as follows:
Morning (8 am): I will usually make about 1/2 a cup egg whites, or make 3 hard boiled eggs, and eat the egg whites, and save 1 egg yolk, then a fruit, usually a banana, a cup of strawberries, or a pear.
1st Snack (10:30ish): Another fruit, usually the same choices I had for breakfast, depending on what I am in the mood for.
Lunch (1:00pm-1:30ish): I will make a Ham, turkey, or chicken lunch meat sandwich on low calorie bread, with mustard for some flavoring, a fruit that I am in the mood for, and a weight watcher yogurt.
2nd Snack (3pm-4ish): Another fruit of choice that I am in the mood for
Dinner (6-6:30ish): A lean protein meat cooked on the grill usually (Fish, chicken, turkey, ect.) Or on occasion a low fat, leaner red meat, with a side of vegetables and brown rice.
My Workout Plan is as follows:
Monday: 10 Minute Warm up Cardio, Chest and Arms
Tuesday: 1 hour Cardio
Wednesday: 10 Minute Warm up Cardio, Back, Shoulders, Traps
Thursday: 1 Hour Cardio
Friday: 10 Minute Warm up Cardio, Legs
The thing is, I have been listening to someone who works at my gym as a trainer, and he told me to take creatine monohydrate as a supplement on lifting days, and also told me if I wanted to get big, to do a 5x5 routine (still learning routines too..)So basically, I go REALLY hard on workout days, first two sets are warm ups of 5 reps, then the last 3 sets are raising the weights to max by the last set, only doing 5 reps for each set, and I pretty much do this for everything, except legs and arms.
I am starting to think that taking creatine is just going to make me gain unwanted weight and doing a 5x5 workout is more of a mass building workout, which is not what I am aiming for so I am in distraught.
I would include some pictures to show my body as it is now, but I can't post pictures or URLs unless I post more I think? For a mind picture, I have fat problems, in my lower chest, upper chest (have man boobs :/), and basically all around. I'm really dedicated into looking good, especially because college is coming up now, and I dabbled my way through high school with a body I didn't want.
Now, I have seen improvements in muscle, but I am hearing some speculation you can't really bulk up and lose weight at the same time? As I said, I am really uneducated in all aspects of this so any advice is great and of course, my main goal is to lose the weight, even at the cost of not being able to get muscle mass for now as I can do that later, after achieving my weight loss goal.
(Again, I have lost about 20lbs, but I've come to a hault recently and can't seem to lose more weight, not sure what the reason is, but it is starting to make me lose motivation, which I don't need. I was so motivated once I started seeing results, but seeing them hault for about 3 weeks sucks!)
Thanks in advance to all that help. Basically if needed, please post a complete overhaul and well put Diet / Workout routine if you suggest a new one, as I would like one to follow.